Best Minestrone-Italian Husband Approved!

Bowl of soup I'll admit it. I like to make Italian dishes on a regular basis because it's my husband's heritage and there is something in me that wants to prove that I can be a little "Italian" too! This soup, however, has been passed down in my family. My Swedish and Irish family. :) The good news is that it is a favorite among the 4 Italian men in my house and certainly my favorite soup to make because it is easy, easy, easy, but FULL of amazing and authentic flavors! Whip up a big simmering pot on a cold day and watch it vanish!

What You Will Need:

8 Ounces Sweet Italian Sausage (I prefer the Villa Roma brand)

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil or Vegetable Oil

1 Cup Diced Onion

1 Clove of Garlic, Finely Minced

1 Cup Sliced Carrots

1 Teaspoon Dried Basil

1 Large Zucchini Sliced

1 Can Diced Tomatoes with Italian Seasoning

3 Beef Bouillon Cubes plus 1 ½ Cups Hot Water

2 Cups Finely Shredded Cabbage

1 Teaspoon Salt

¼ Teaspoon Pepper

1 Can White Beans, Undrained

Chopped Fresh Parsley

minestrone in dutch oven

Putting It All Together: 

Pour oil into Dutch oven or deep saucepan over medium heat. Remove sausage from casings by squeezing it by drops into pan and brown the sausage. Add onion, garlic, carrots and basil; cook for 5 minutes. Add zucchini, tomatoes with liquid, bouillon cubes, cabbage, salt and pepper. Bring soup to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 1 hour. Add beans with liquid; cook another 20 minutes. Garnish with the fresh parsley!

(This dish freezes well and tastes fantastic as day old leftovers! It’s a perfect comfort food to take to a friend who needs a little TLC!)

 

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Amber Lia

A former high school English teacher, Amber is a work-at-home mom of 4 little boys under the age of 10. She is the best-selling author of Triggers: Exchanging Parents’ Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses and Parenting Scripts: When What You’re Saying Isn’t Working, say Something New. She and her husband Guy own Storehouse Media Group, a faith-friendly and family-friendly TV and Film production company in Los Angeles, CA. When she’s not building sand castles with her boys on the beach, or searching for Nerf darts all over her house, you can find Amber writing to encourage families on her blog at Mother of Knights (www.motherofknights.com).